Skip to main content
The '''Gukurahundi''' (Shona language|Shona: "the early rain which washes away the chaff before the spring rains"Nyarota, Geoffrey. ''Against the Grain''. Page 134.) was the suppression of Zimbabwean civilians, mostly supporters of Joshua Nkomo, by Zimbabwe's Zimbabwean Fifth Brigade|5th Brigade in the predominantly Northern Ndebele people|Ndebele regions of Zimbabwe. A few hundred disgruntled former Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) combatants waged armed banditry against the civilians in Matabeleland, and destroyed government installations.[ Breaking the Silence, Building True Peace, Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Zimbabwe] In response, the North-Korean-trained Fifth Brigade executed an estimated 20,000 civilians. The violence ended after the Zimbabwe African...
Partofthe Cold War and aftermath of the Rhodesian Bush War
Map| map_size =
Map alt| map_caption =
TargetNorthern Ndebele people|Ndebele population of Zimbabwe
Coordinates| date = 3 February 1984{{cite book
Time| type = Pogrom, torture, Indefinite detention without trial|indefinite detention
Fatalities20,000[ Gukurahundi victims remembered in SA][ Zimbabwe: Commemorating Gukurahundi] - 30,000{{cite book|author= Smith, Ian|title=The Great Betrayal|pages=381–383|publisher= Blake Publishing Ltd.|location=London|year=1997|isbn= 1-85782-176-9}}
Injuries| victims =
Perps''Zimbabwean Fifth Brigade|Fifth Brigade''
Central Intelligence Organisation